# cs2cs - Man Page

Cartographic coordinate system filter

## Synopsis

cs2cs[-eEfIlrstvwW[args]] [[--area <name_or_code>] | [--bbox <west_long,south_lat,east_long,north_lat>]] [--authority <name>] [--3d] [--accuracy <accuracy>] [--only-best[=yes|=no]] [--no-ballpark] ([+opt[=arg]...] [+to+opt[=arg]...] | {source_crs} {target_crs}) file ...

where {source_crs} or {target_crs} is one of the possibilities accepted by *proj_create()*, provided it expresses a CRS

- a proj-string,
- a WKT string,
- an object code (like "EPSG:4326", "urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG::4326", "urn:ogc:def:coordinateOperation:EPSG::1671"),
- an Object name. e.g "WGS 84", "WGS 84 / UTM zone 31N". In that case as uniqueness is not guaranteed, heuristics are applied to determine the appropriate best match.
- a CRS name and a coordinate epoch, separated with '@'. For example "
*ITRF2014@2025.0*". (*added in 9.2*) - a OGC URN combining references for compound coordinate reference systems (e.g "
*urn:ogc:def:crs,crs:EPSG::2393,crs:EPSG::5717*" or custom abbreviated syntax "EPSG:2393+5717"), - a OGC URN combining references for references for projected or derived CRSs e.g. for Projected 3D CRS "UTM zone 31N / WGS 84 (3D)": "
*urn:ogc:def:crs,crs:EPSG::4979,cs:PROJ::ENh,coordinateOperation:EPSG::16031*" (*added in 6.2*) - a OGC URN combining references for concatenated operations (e.g. "
*urn:ogc:def:coordinateOperation,coordinateOperation:EPSG::3895,coordinateOperation:EPSG::1618*") - a PROJJSON string. The jsonschema is at https://proj.org/schemas/v0.4/projjson.schema.json (
*added in 6.2*) - a compound CRS made from two object names separated with " + ". e.g. "WGS 84 + EGM96 height" (
*added in 7.1*)

New in version 6.0.0.

**NOTE:**

before 7.0.1, it was needed to add +to between {source_crs} and {target_crs} when adding a filename

## Description

*cs2cs* performs transformation between the source and destination cartographic coordinate reference system on a set of input points. The coordinate reference system transformation can include translation between projected and geographic coordinates as well as the application of datum shifts.

The following control parameters can appear in any order:

- -I
Method to specify inverse translation, convert from

*+to*coordinate system to the primary coordinate system defined.**-t<a>**Where

*a*specifies a character employed as the first character to denote a control line to be passed through without processing. This option applicable to ASCII input only. (# is the default value).**-d <n>**New in version 5.2.0.

Specify the number of decimals to round to in the output.

**-e <string>**Where

*string*is an arbitrary string to be output if an error is detected during data transformations. The default value is a three character string:***\t***.- -E
Causes the input coordinates to be copied to the output line prior to printing the converted values.

**-l<[=id]>**List projection identifiers that can be selected with

*+proj*.**cs2cs -l=id**gives expanded description of projection*id*, e.g.**cs2cs -l=merc**.- -lp
List of all projection id that can be used with the

*+proj*parameter. Equivalent to**cs2cs -l**.- -lP
Expanded description of all projections that can be used with the

*+proj*parameter.- -le
List of all ellipsoids that can be selected with the

*+ellps*parameters.- -lu
List of all distance units that can be selected with the

*+units*parameter.- -r
This options reverses the order of the first two expected inputs from that specified by the CRS to the opposite order. The third coordinate, typically height, remains third.

- -s
This options reverses the order of the first two expected outputs from that specified by the CRS to the opposite order. The third coordinate, typically height, remains third.

**-f <format>**Where

*format*is a printf format string to control the form of the output values. For inverse projections, the output will be in degrees when this option is employed. If a format is specified for inverse projection the output data will be in decimal degrees. The default format is**"%.2f"**for forward projection and DMS for inverse.**-w<n>**Where

*n*is the number of significant fractional digits to employ for seconds output (when the option is not specified,**-w3**is assumed).**-W<n>**Where

*n*is the number of significant fractional digits to employ for seconds output. When**-W**is employed the fields will be constant width with leading zeroes. Valid range: -W0 through -W8.- -v
Causes a listing of cartographic control parameters tested for and used by the program to be printed prior to input data.

**--area <name_or_code>**New in version 8.0.0.

Specify an area of interest to restrict the results when researching coordinate operations between 2 CRS. The area of interest can be specified either as a name (e.g "Denmark - onshore") or a AUTHORITY:CODE (EPSG:3237)

This option is mutually exclusive with

*--bbox*.**--bbox <west_long,south_lat,east_long,north_lat>**New in version 8.0.0.

Specify an area of interest to restrict the results when researching coordinate operations between 2 CRS. The area of interest is specified as a bounding box with geographic coordinates, expressed in degrees in a unspecified geographic CRS.

*west_long*and*east_long*should be in the [-180,180] range, and*south_lat*and*north_lat*in the [-90,90].*west_long*is generally lower than*east_long*, except in the case where the area of interest crosses the antimeridian.**--only-best[=yes|=no]**New in version 9.2.0.

Force

*cs2cs*to only use the best transformation known by PROJ.*cs2cs*will return an error if a grid needed for the best transformation is missing.Best transformation should be understood as the most accurate transformation available among all relevant for the point to transform, and if all known grids required to perform such transformation were accessible (either locally or through network).

Note that the default value for this option can be also set with the

**PROJ_ONLY_BEST_DEFAULT**environment variable, or with the**only_best_default**setting of*proj.ini*(*--only-best*when specified overrides such default value).- --no-ballpark
New in version 8.0.0.

Disallow any coordinate operation that is, or contains, a

*Ballpark transformation***--accuracy <accuracy>**New in version 8.0.0.

Sets the minimum desired accuracy for candidate coordinate operations.

**--authority <name>**New in version 8.0.0.

This option can be used to restrict the authority of coordinate operations looked up in the database. When not specified, coordinate operations from any authority will be searched, with the restrictions set in the

**authority_to_authority_preference**database table related to the authority of the source/target CRS themselves. If authority is set to**any**, then coordinate operations from any authority will be searched If authority is a non-empty string different of**any**, then coordinate operations will be searched only in that authority namespace (e.g**EPSG**).This option is mutually exclusive with

*--bbox*.- --3d
New in version 9.1.

"Promote" 2D CRS(s) to their 3D version, where the vertical axis is the ellipsoidal height in metres, using the ellipsoid of the base geodetic CRS. Depending on PROJ versions and the exact nature of the CRS involved, especially before PROJ 9.1, a mix of 2D and 3D CRS could lead to 2D or 3D transformations. Starting with PROJ 9.1, both CRS need to be 3D for vertical transformation to possibly happen.

The *+opt* run-line arguments are associated with cartographic parameters.

The *cs2cs* program requires two coordinate reference system (CRS) definitions. The first (or primary is defined based on all projection parameters not appearing after the *+to* argument. All projection parameters appearing after the *+to* argument are considered the definition of the second CRS. If there is no second CRS defined, a geographic CRS based on the datum and ellipsoid of the source CRS is assumed. Note that the source and destination CRS can both of same or different nature (geographic, projected, compound CRS), or one of each and may have the same or different datums.

When using a WKT definition or a AUTHORITY:CODE, the axis order of the CRS will be enforced. So for example if using EPSG:4326, the first value expected (or returned) will be a latitude.

Internally, *cs2cs* uses the *proj_create_crs_to_crs()* function to compute the appropriate coordinate operation, so implementation details of this function directly impact the results returned by the program.

The environment parameter *PROJ_DATA* establishes the directory for resource files (database, datum shift grids, etc.)

One or more files (processed in left to right order) specify the source of data to be transformed. A **-** will specify the location of processing standard input. If no files are specified, the input is assumed to be from stdin. For input data the two data values must be in the first two white space separated fields and when both input and output are ASCII all trailing portions of the input line are appended to the output line.

Input geographic data (longitude and latitude) must be in DMS or decimal degrees format and input cartesian data must be in units consistent with the ellipsoid major axis or sphere radius units. Output geographic coordinates will normally be in DMS format (use **-f %.12f** for decimal degrees with 12 decimal places), while projected (cartesian) coordinates will be in linear (meter, feet) units.

### Use of remote grids

New in version 7.0.0.

If the *PROJ_NETWORK* environment variable is set to **ON**, *cs2cs* will attempt to use remote grids stored on CDN (Content Delivery Network) storage, when they are not available locally.

More details are available in the *Network capabilities* section.

## Examples

### Using PROJ strings

The following script

cs2cs +proj=latlong +datum=NAD83 +to +proj=utm +zone=10 +datum=NAD27 -r <<EOF 45°15'33.1" 111.5W 45d15.551666667N -111d30 +45.25919444444 111d30'000w EOF

will transform the input NAD83 geographic coordinates into NAD27 coordinates in the UTM projection with zone 10 selected. The geographic values of this example are equivalent and meant as examples of various forms of DMS input. The x-y output data will appear as three lines of:

1402285.93 5076292.58 0.00

To get those exact values, you have need to have all current grids installed (in that instance the NADCON5 **us_noaa_nadcon5_nad27_nad83_1986_conus.tif** grid) locally or use networking capabilities mentioned above.

To make sure you will get the optimal result, you may add *--only-best*. Assuming the above mentioned grid is *not* available,

echo -111.5 45.25919444444 | cs2cs --only-best +proj=latlong +datum=NAD83 +to +proj=utm +zone=10 +datum=NAD27

would return:

Attempt to use coordinate operation axis order change (2D) + Inverse of NAD27 to NAD83 (7) + axis order change (2D) + UTM zone 10N failed. Grid us_noaa_nadcon5_nad27_nad83_1986_conus.tif is not available. Consult https://proj.org/resource_files.html for guidance. * * inf

Otherwise, if you don't have the grid available and you don't specify *--only-best*:

echo -111.5 45.25919444444 | cs2cs --only-best +proj=latlong +datum=NAD83 +to +proj=utm +zone=10 +datum=NAD27

would return:

1402224.57 5076275.42 0.00

which is the result when the NAD27 and NAD83 datums are dealt as identical, which is an approximation at a level of several tens of metres.

### Using EPSG CRS codes

Transforming from WGS 84 latitude/longitude (in that order) to UTM Zone 31N/WGS 84

cs2cs EPSG:4326 EPSG:32631 <<EOF 45N 2E EOF

outputs

421184.70 4983436.77 0.00

### Using EPSG CRS names

Transforming from WGS 84 latitude/longitude (in that order) with EGM96 height to UTM Zone 31N/WGS 84 with WGS84 ellipsoidal height

echo 45 2 0 | cs2cs "WGS 84 + EGM96 height" "WGS 84 / UTM zone 31N" --3d

outputs

421184.70 4983436.77 50.69

**NOTE:**To get those exact values, you have need to have the EGM96 grid installed locally or use networking capabilities mentioned above.

## See Also

## Bugs

A list of known bugs can be found at https://github.com/OSGeo/PROJ/issues where new bug reports can be submitted to.

## Home Page

## Author

Frank Warmerdam

## Copyright

1983-2023

## Referenced By

cct(1), geod(1), gie(1), proj(1), projinfo(1), projsync(1).